Bonds of Trust

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When trust in the system is lost, can blockchain restore it?

Three years after Hurricane Harvey, tens of thousands of Texans are still wading through an antiquated and disjointed disaster relief system. Blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize and streamline processes to help government agencies, private insurers, community partners and others better coordinate their efforts so all disaster survivors can recover more quickly.

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Chelsey Delaney

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After Harvey nearly destroys her parents’ home, IBM’s Design Lead for Blockchain Services Chelsey Delaney is determined to show that this new technology can foster better collaboration among relief agencies and alleviate many of the burdens that disaster survivors regularly face.

“People need to talk less about what blockchain technology is and more about what it can do for people….That’s when the power of it comes out and is understood.”

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The Survivors

Tim and Julia side by side


Chelsey’s father, Tim, has lived on the water’s edge his whole life. He and his wife Julia raised Chelsey in Bayside – a small town 30 minutes north of Corpus Christi – and they’ve watched their town continue to struggle in Harvey’s wake. Tim says the current recovery system is like demanding someone who is overwhelmed to do more.

Soccoro standing next to a window


Soccoro, her girls and their pets have lived, eaten and slept in just one room of their flood-damaged Houston home for three years. Soccoro faces what seems like a never-ending rebuild of her home — complicated by navigating a tide of disaster relief paperwork.

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A resident of suburban Houston, Kenneth had hoped that the small horse ranch he shares with his wife would be their home in retirement. Three years after Harvey, Kenneth feels like they are still stuck in the storm, waiting for help.

Bobby and Janice standing side by side


Bobby and Janice saw water devastate their multi-generation small business. Managing stacks of recovery paperwork has become a second job. Even after three years, they can only say that they’re doing “just ok…and we’re one of the lucky ones.”

The Solvers

Dr. Tim Gohmann in an office


Texas-based behavioral scientist Dr. Tim Gohmann has examined the impact of delayed relief efforts on individuals and communities. As he puts it, “We have a social obligation to improve this thing. What we want is to build a network of trust.”

General Talley gesticulating while speaks


As the former Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve and current Vice President, IBM Global Public Sector, General Talley is a leading authority in civil, environmental and sustainable engineering. “Disaster management is a big data problem that requires a public-private partnership solution.”

Blockchain for social good

Werner Kruck with his hands together


Werner Kruck, the COO of Security First Insurance, knows the devastation — and the complexity — that hurricanes can bring. “Blockchain in a system will allow us to verify what’s been done with the data in a way that we haven’t been able to do before.”

Blockchain for insurance

Joe Straus looking to the distance


Blockchain can play a key role in government relief efforts. Joe Straus, former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, says, “It’s incumbent on government to harness the power, the technology and the innovation of the private sector in ways that help people.”

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